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Conner to run for Franklin County coroner

December 11, 1998|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Franklin County Chief Deputy Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner said this week he will run next year to succeed retiring Coroner Kenneth L. Peiffer Jr.

Conner, 43, of 1497 Loudon Road, has been chief deputy to Peiffer for 11 years and served as deputy under the previous coroner, the late Herman P. Bender.

"I like the challenge of the investigative process, along with the opportunity to help people in their times of need," the Republican candidate said Thursday.

Peiffer endorsed Conner for the post, which paid about $42,000 in 1998.

"He knows the post requires around-the-clock commitment of time and dedication to serve the residents of our county during possibly the most stressful time of their lives," said Peiffer, who will retire at the end of 1999 after three terms in office.

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Conner said he has assisted with or directed more than 3,500 coroner's investigations.

Although coroner is an elected position, a successful candidate must obtain state certification before taking office.

Conner said he has the required certification and hundreds of hours in training in forensic death investigation, homicide investigation, interview and interrogation and crime scene techniques.

He was an emergency medical technician for 12 years and a driver for the Chambersburg Advanced Life Support Unit. He also was deputy ambulance chief for the St. Thomas Fire and Ambulance Co.

Conner recently was named one of 143 recipients of the Governor's Highway Safety Award, in part for programs in county schools in which he encourages students who are about to get their driver's licenses to use seat belts and avoid alcohol.

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